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SBI Apprentice 2020: Exam pattern and Syllabus

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Dear Readers,
State Bank of India has published a notification for the recruitment of 8500 Apprentice Vacancies. This page provides you with the important details like age limit, educational qualification, exam pattern and syllabus for the SBI Apprentice Exam 2020.

Age Criteria

  • Minimum 20 years and maximum 28 years as on 31.10.2020
  • Candidates must have been born not earlier than 01.11.1992 and not later than 31/10/2000 (both days inclusive).

Educational Qualification as on 31.10.2020: 

Graduation from a recognised University/ Institute.

Duration of Training:

Three years only. The selected apprentices should be willing to qualify in the examinations of IIBF (JAIIB/CAIIB) during 3 years of apprenticeship engagement in the Bank.

Exam pattern

I. Online written test: 

The structure of the online written examination (online objective type) would be as follows.


Name of test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks



General/Financial Awareness



15 minutes


General English



15 minutes


Quantitative Aptitude



15 minutes


Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude



15 minutes





60 minutes

  • Each test will have separate timing as mentioned above. 
  • The questions will be bilingual i.e., English & Hindi, except for the test of General English. 
  • There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th of the mark assigned for the question will be deducted for each wrong answer.

II. Test of the local language:

  • The specified local languages of the states are as mentioned in Para A of the advertisement. 
  • The candidates applying for vacancies of a particular state should be proficient (reading, writing, speaking and understanding) of the specified local language. 
  • The test for knowledge of specified opted local language will be conducted as a part of the selection process. It will be conducted after qualifying the online written examination. 
  • Candidates who produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/ certificate evidencing having studied the specified opted local language will not be required to undergo the language test. 

III. Medical Examination:

Engagement of selected apprentices is subject to his/her being declared medically fit as per the requirement of the Bank.

Final Selection will be subject to: 

a) Verification of eligibility for the post and information furnished in the online application.
b) Qualifying in the test of specified opted local language, where applicable, as detailed above.
c) Declared fit in the Medical examination.

Wait List:

A Wait list (State-category wise) will be maintained for one year from the date of result of the engagement of apprentices or next engagement exercise, whichever is earlier. Candidates will be released only once from this waitlist against non-joining subject to availability of qualified candidates.

Application Fees/Intimation Charges: (Non-Refundable):


Fees/Intimation Charges





Fee/ Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other exam or selection.

Syllabus for SBI Apprentice 2020 Exam

General/Financial Awareness

  • Banking Reforms
  • Regulatory Bodies in India- NABARD, SEBI etc. 
  • International Banking 
  • Latest Updates in Financial & Capital Markets 
  • Financial Terms 
  • Banking Terms 
  • Latest Acts related to Banking 
  • RBI Monetary Policy 
  • Capital & Money Market Instrument 
  • Commercial Banks, NBFCs, HFC - Latest news 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in Banking Companies 
  • Credit Rating and Agencies 
  • Payment Options- NEFT, RTGS, Bharat Bill payment etc.
  • RBI’s circulars
  • Current affairs
  • Economic News 
  • Sports 
  • Awards and Honors 
  • Books and Authors 
  • Government Schemes and Programmes 
  • Union budget
  • Appointments & Resigns
  • Awards & Honours
  • Committees
  • Index & Ranking
  • Military Exercise
  • Science and Technology
  • Summits and Conferences

General English

  • Reading Comprehensions
  • Para Jumbles
  • Vocabulary
  • Error Spotting
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Cloze test
  • Rearrangement of sentences

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Number Series
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Mixture and Allegation
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Problems based on trains
  • Percentages
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Probability
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Elements of Algebra
  • Quadratic Equations

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude


  • Coding & Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Machine Input Output
  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense Test
  • Blood Relations
  • Problems based on Ages
  • Ranking and Order
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Statement and Conclusions
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Statement and Arguments
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric series
  • Inequalities
  • Tabulation
  • Analogy and classification
  • Clocks and Calendar
  • Non- Verbal Reasoning

Computer Aptitude

  • History of computers
  • Introduction of computer
  • Basics of Hardware and software
  • Input / Output Devices
  • Number System
  • Operating System basics
  • Basic Internet Knowledge and Protocol
  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Networking and communication
  • Database basics
  • Memory and storage device
  • Computer Shortcuts Key
  • Computer abbreviation

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